A gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvera, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 2265. A gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvera, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 9½ in. (24 cm.) overall height. Estimate HKD 1,000,000 - HKD 1,500,000Price realised HKD 5,300,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2012. 

The finely cast figure is seating above a separately cast stand of overlapping lotus petals in dhyanasana with hands in dharmacakra mudra, each holding the stem of a lotus that rises to the shoulder. The face of the figure shows a benevolent expression with a downcast gaze below the hair dressed in a chignon crowned by a five-point tiara. The figure is elegantly clad in loosely draped robes incised with floral scroll open at the chest to reveal the pendent jeweled necklace above the sash-tied dhoti. The jewelry and tiara are set with pearls, turquoise and coral. The sealing plate on the base of the figure and stand is each incised with a double, stand.

NoteCompare to two gilt-bronze figures of similar date and style in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Buddhist Statues of Tibet, The Complete Collection of Treasure of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2002, pp. 240-241, nos. 229-230. Like the present figure, both figures in the Palace Museum are cast with a separate stand of tiered lotus petals, and are adorned with similar ornaments such as pendent earring, five-point tiara and jeweled necklace. 

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2012 - SALE 2963